A metalworking lathe from 1911, showing component parts:
a – bed
b – carriage (with cross-slide and toolpost)
c – headstock
d – back gear (other geartrain nearby drives leadscrew)
e – cone pulley for a belt drive from an external power source
f – faceplate mounted on spindle
g – tailstock
h – leadscrew
A watchmaker using a lathe to prepare a component cut from copper for a watch

A lathe (ð/) is a machine that rotates a workpiece about an axis of rotation to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetry about that axis.


Lathes are used in woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, thermal spraying, parts reclamation, and glass-working. Lathes can be used to shape pottery, the best-known design being the Potter's wheel. Most suitably equipped metalworking lathes can also be used to produce most solids of revolution, plane surfaces and screw threads or helices. Ornamental lathes can produce three-dimensional solids of incredible complexity. The workpiece is usually held in place by either one or two centers, at least one of which can typically be moved horizontally to accommodate varying workpiece lengths. Other work-holding methods include clamping the work about the axis of rotation using a chuck or collet, or to a faceplate, using clamps or dogs.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Draaibank
العربية: مخرطة
asturianu: Tornu
azərbaycanca: Ağac torna dəzgahı
تۆرکجه: تورنا
বাংলা: লেদ মেশিন
беларуская: Такарны станок
български: Струг
brezhoneg: Turgn
català: Torn
čeština: Soustruh
dansk: Drejebænk
Deutsch: Drehmaschine
eesti: Treipink
Ελληνικά: Τόρνος
español: Torno
Esperanto: Tornomaŝino
euskara: Tornu
Gaeilge: Deil
한국어: 선반
हिन्दी: लेथ मशीन
hrvatski: Tokarilica
Bahasa Indonesia: Mesin bubut
italiano: Tornio
עברית: מחרטה
қазақша: Жону білдегі
മലയാളം: ലേത്ത്
मराठी: लेथ
Nederlands: Draaibank
日本語: 旋盤
norsk: Dreiebenk
polski: Tokarka
português: Torno mecânico
Simple English: Lathe
slovenčina: Sústruh
slovenščina: Stružnica
српски / srpski: Струг
suomi: Sorvi
svenska: Svarv
Tagalog: Lalik
Türkçe: Torna tezgâhı
vèneto: Tornio
粵語: 車床
中文: 車床